There are some people who hate scary movies, while others (like yours truly) just can’t get enough. They’ve seen countless creepy flicks – over and over. They get an adrenaline rush from the anticipation that comes with being terrified.
When Jason and I first met, we quickly discovered we shared a love for horror. So, it’s only natural we’d produce an offspring who would share our love of chills and spine-tingling thrills.
Molly, 12, has been begging us for the last three years to go to a haunted house or corn maze. We weren’t quite sure she could handle it, but decided we’d finally let her go. She crashed our date – a private media event at Maan Farms in Abbotsford to experience the opening of the ‘Scariest Corn Maze in Canada,’ as well as Pitch Black (an attraction where the actors can touch the guests), and the new Twisted Pagan Forest.
The Corn Maze
It was cold, dark and rainy with thick fog swirling overhead the blood-stained corn field rows. As we lined up to be let in, I asked if she wanted to turn back.
“No way, Mom!” she declared, looking around nervously.
The three of us were led into a little hut; a door slammed shut behind us. Above, a video warned what we were about to experience–that we weren’t to touch the actors under any circumstances. Suddenly, the door swung open and we had no choice but to follow the gravel path and move forward through the darkness. With each step, we got closer to the blood-curdling screams and moans. Haunted clowns and other evil carnies made their appearance during this 20-minute trek.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, that maze is creepy, but not enough to deter our clan from heading over to the next haunt – Pitch Black. This is a first of its kind in Canada, so it’s exciting that we have it right here in the Fraser Valley. This is a 15 to 20-minute full sensory experience where guests have the option of being touched and grabbed, pulled further into the darkness. Don’t want to be touched? Simply decline the offering of a glow necklace upon entrance. Only those wearing one are messed with. We laughed as Molly ripped hers off and handed it back to the two-headed monster at the door. Jason had his ankles grabbed, while I was taken from my family and led down a hallway with two creepy characters laughing maniacally.
Twisted Pagan Forest
Our final scare of the night, and my personal favourite, was the new Twisted Pagan Forest attraction — a 25-minute walking experience in the depths of a 10-acre forest. It crawls with spiders, mystical creatures, and a ghostly colony clawing up from the depths of hell. It reminded me of my favourite scary movie ‘The Hills Have Eyes.’ The piece de resistance was the hillbilly with the ‘chainsaw’ who chased us through the muddy path at the end.
Soaked from the rain amd giddy from the adrenaline rush, we headed into the midway area to warm up and grab some goodies. Jason quenched his thirst with a blood bag filled with Maan’s own award-winning berry wine, Beltzer.
We also sampled some fall bites, including Maan Farms’ signature Double Pumpkin SpiceCream, Salted Caramel Apple Lattés, Mama Maan Country Kitchen’s Samosas and Butter Chicken bowls. It was a satisfying feast for a satisfying scare.
Between the three haunts and our feast, we were there around 2.5 hours, making it well-worth the trip out to Abbotsford from Langley. Rain is on the forecast for the next week, but don’t let that deter you. The maze has a gravel path so your feet stay dry.
So how did Molly fare at this Fraser Valley fright fest?
“You just HAVE to take me again next year,” she pleaded on the car ride home, pulling back the soaked curls plastered against her rosy cheeks to reveal a big grin.
I think that statement says it all.
Halloween is drawing near, but there’s still time to get your tickets to experience this haunt. Don’t let the rain deter you, we still had a blast. Ticket prices are tiered based on demand, offering rates at various price points. For more information, visit maanfarms.com.
About Maan Farms
Maan Farms, located at 790 McKenzie Rd Abbotsford, is a third-generation family-owned and operated farm. The Maans are always thinking of new ways to engage Lower Mainland communities, and strongly believe in hospitality, treating guests as if they were personally inviting them into their own home. With a welcoming nature, rooted in their cultural heritage, guests are guaranteed a fun farm experience, located in the heart of the Fraser Valley.
Disclaimer: While this is not a sponsored post, we were given complimentary tickets to attend the media event.